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17th February, 2018

We certainly had some fun seadays up to Bergen. Incredibly lucky with the weather and the seas improved the further north we went. On our second seaday north we hosted our Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party and this was very well attended by our guests. We have lots of Saganauts combined with well over a hundred newcomers – so spirits are high and expectations of seeing the Northern Lights are equally as high.

This morning we picked up our Bergen pilot at 0530, so bit of an early start for me. Alongside in downtown Bergen by 8am and we were surrounded by lots of NATO military vessels in the port – we were in safe hands. Bergen is a beautiful city and if you come here in the summer it is generally rain shower weather but today was cold and very picturesque. Our tours were covering the Taste of Hardanger today combined with Images of Grieg, Bergen City tours and Bergen Art tours. This city is filled with life and history and sure is a great place to explore, even as an independent traveller.

Departure time came about quickly during a busy day and then it was time to leave. We came bow in this morning to the dock due to the wind and we had the wind helping us off the dock for departure. We moved the ship away from the berth and spun round 180 degrees to face in the right direction. By just after 6pm the pilot was off and it was full steam ahead to the Andalsnes Pilot station for 3am ------early start------night night…………

Captain Nick Sunderland BSc

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